Εγγραφή: 11 Ιουν 2007 15:39
WHY HAS QUALITY ASTROLOGY GROWN UNPOPULAR? THE GREEK GRIM CASE!
(By Thomas Gazis)I would like to share with you some thoughts on a burning to many of us issue: why has quality Astrology grown unpopular in the last few years in our societies, the very moment that the "light", commercial astrology is enjoying an unprecedented popularity?
I will draw my conclusions out of my Greek experience - but I think the same paradigm applies to other countries as well. Modern Greece is strongly influenced by the sign of Capricorn, so it is a very pragmatic, down to earth country. But on the contrary to what someone would expect out of a Capricorn country, the "light" popular astrology is wide spread today in Greece, while the quality Astrology is totally marginalized (maybe not that much an element of surprise this, as the sign of Capricorn favors the commercial aspect of any given situation). Think now that Greece is the country that actually laid the foundations of the horoscopic astrology. And in this country Astrology is under-developed today! Even in our neighboring countries like Serbia and Turkey (supposedly less advanced than Greece) Astrology is doing better than here.
The fact is that 25 years ago quality Astrology was under a huge development in Greece (with schools brimming of students, a couple of good magazines etc.). It was really promising well then for the future, but instead it took a reverse course and went through an abrupt decline in the last few decades. So, the question is: what lies in the root of such a decadence (apart the fact that Uranus in Pisces and Neptune in Aquarius are mutually exerting their decadent power onto astrology - I am actually writing an article on this)?
I believe that in the root of this situation lies astrology's dual nature and peculiar relation to society, money and powerful peoples' interests! In Greece it all started 18 years ago, when private TV channels first appeared. These channels were all broadcasting then - for the first time - the classic morning shows, which included astrology predictions for the day. In those days there were a couple of good astrologers in Greece, but as often happens in mediterranean etc. countries not the qualified but the "connected" and "recommended" people get the best jobs. Thus, a bunch of housewives (no offense, my mom has been one), ex "Tupperware dealers" etc. In a single night these ladies (mainly) were baptized "astrologers" and the very next morning they were giving on national TV "astrology" predictions to the people !
These ladies had no astrological culture at all! At best they were doing the "coffee" kind of divination (very popular in Greece, especially in the past). In time, these morning shows and their daily astrology predictions became extremely popular in Greece. So, actually uneducated or little educated people were associated in people's mind to astrology! These were THE ASTROLOGERS to them! These "astrologers" were given huge wages (TV's are generally such) while they were making much more extra money through consultations (many resorting - as some say - to 10 minutes consultations per client! And people were happy - no matter they had paid i.e. 100 Dollars for just 10 minutes - because they had talked to such a mythic figure which they were only seeing on TV)!
The fact is that apart these "TV astrologers" the corporations that own the major TV channels in Greece were making a lot of money too. But these corporations own as well all the major newspapers and magazines in Greece. So guess what, these 2-3 ladies -plus a man - took over all the astrology columns in every single major Greek newspaper or magazine. And not only this. Their corporations shortly after published "light" popular astrology magazines (which a surprisingly huge number of Greeks buy). In these magazines the usual 3-4 TV people were the sole major writers!
In addition, astrology phone lines were created by these and other corporations, lines that were rendering amazingly vast amounts of money (hundreds of millions. In Greece commercial astrology's total revenue equals the one of the cars being sold!)! Greeks seemed hungry for this "light" kind of astrology. But of course these 4 TV astrologers could not fill the gap, so hundreds of other people - many with no astrology backround at all - were hired to "tell the future" in these supposedly "astrological" phone lines! Some of these phone line "astrologers" were making like 5000 - 8000 dollars per month, when average wages in Greece is about 800 dollars! So, most of them were making more money than the people around them. Many of them were "phishing" customers, taking them privately home (where they would get more money out of them). I know all this because I tried to create with my wife a "scientific astrology - "responsible" predictions" phone line but it tutned into a big flop! It seemed that people didn't want scientific astrology and "responsible" predictions! The more you were lying to them the more they were calling you, the more money you were making out of them! But it was not in me to participate in such a parody!
You can understand now why in a rather poor country like Greece the phenomenon of the dominant commercial astrology was created and utterly inflated, at the expenses of quality Astrology. The superficial astrology - and the money produced by it - was making happy the huge corporations, the "fabulous" TV astrologers, the phone lines people and others. There was an ever growing demand on "light", clairvoyance astrology.
Even people doing previously something else got into the business (publishing i.e. low quality astrology magazines or creating astrology phone line services, that surprisingly rendered them much more money than their previous business did)! Everyone of these people are happy and thus are bluntly supporting the commercial astrology, at the expenses of course of the quality Astrology, which you don't have to guess is "squashed" and totally marginalised today in Greece! And where a lot of money is - often - low kind of people are attracted to. So, it wouldn't be an exaggeration if I would tell you that almost mafia type of people and "circuits" are controlling today astrology in Greece!
With these said, you realize that especially the "fabulous 4 TV astrologers" (from almost uneducated Tupperware dealers they were before) became really fast rich, socially important, powerful! And of course if you are not cultivated and lifted up and you get all this unexpected Bonanza, which you know you actually do not deserve, the first thing you are going to do is exterminate any possible threats that might endanger your Bonanza! And guess who is considered the major threat to these people: the educated, cultured Astrologers. Potentially these Astrologers might easily unveil and debunk them, tell to the audience that these much revered TV "fabulous astrologers" are mosty a fraud!
So, these TV "astrologers" (and the rest of the almost mafia Greek astrology circuit) have been treating us - a small number of Greek quality Astrologers - brutally in the last years! They have been blocking us any possible access in any major media (TV, newspaper, magazine etc.). How can they do that? Remember, they are very well connected with the people running the major corporations in Greece! I was personally collaborating with an astrology magazine that was doing rather well but I got right away fired as soon as one of these "fabulous 4 astrologers" corporation bought the magazine (consequently turned into a light astrology magazine)! In general these "money making" people that intruded themselves to greek astrology are blocking any attempt to promote quality Astrology in Greece. With huge means in their hands they do their best to fire, cut off any available "path", intimidate and calumnate any quality Astrologer which they perceive as an obstacle to their interests!
The worse part is that in this way quality Astrology is totally marginalised in Greece - clearly in an "artificial" way, meaning on purpose, because it goes against these "fabulous 4" (and many other "money making out of astrology" people) interests! The public here in Greece knows almost nothing about quality Astrology, so there is no demand on it. Instead, people are massively paying money to have the kind of clairvoyance, commercial astrology propagated in tons by the Greek media. That kind of astrology they know, that they ask for!
So, superficial, commercial astrology absolutely rules today in Greece. Mind you, we don't even have a Greek Astrology Federation because something like that goes against the interests of the commercial astrologers! We somehow are in Dark Ages astrologically! And I think that this grim situation is not characteristic only of Greece but of many other countries too! It is probably the main reason why good Astrology is marginalised today in our societies!
But ultimately it is us Astrologers that have to explain to the public why good Astrology is far better than the light, commercial astrology they have been given in the last decades! If we fail in this our most cherished Astrology - which harbors a huge treasure of culture and spirituality in it, both of which are extremely useful to modern society - might soon atrophy and become the incomprehensible pastime of just a few weirdoes - the very same time that the parodies of Astrology (like the "psychic" one) will be thriving! !
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